This Week in Food: ‘Major League’ Film Feast, Taste of the LES, and a Lit Crawl

Hot Fish and Chicken Pop Up
Noreetuh (128 First Avenue)
Monday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Chef David Santos has added hot catfish to his Nashville-style hot chicken pop-up menu, which returns to Noreetuh this week for one night only. Guests can grab a land or sea package with traditional sides like potato salad and baked beans. A limited number of whole chickens or catfish will also be available for pickup between 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Guests must make a reservation in advance.

Major League Film Feast
Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn)
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.

Nitehawk Cinema and Brooklyn Hot Dog Company are teaming up to celebrate the return of baseball season with a Major League-themed film feast. Artisanal hot dogs with toppings like mozzarella, gruyere, and tzatziki will be on the ballpark-inspired menu. Drink pairings and desserts (like caramel corn and ice cream) will also be included. Food, drinks, and the film screening are all part of the $65 admission. More details here.

Taste of the Lower East Side
Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th Street)
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Some of the Lower East Side’s popular restaurants — including Maharlika, Veselka, and newly opened Lucky Bee — will sample their fare all under one roof at the Taste of the Lower East Side. Guests will be able to try 46 different restaurant offerings with sweets and cocktails included, too. Tickets ($195 per person) include three hours of unlimited food and drink.

Taste of Fifth 2016
The Grand Prospect Hall (263 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn)
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Grab a bite at the Taste of Fifth, featuring over 45 eateries that call Park Slope home. This tasting extravaganza will have plenty of eats — including slices from Artichoke Pizza, Mexican treats from Calexico, and burgers courtesy of Fleisher’s. Beer and wine are included in the $55 admission, and $20 from each ticket will go to the local charity of your choice.

Q-Boro Lit Crawl
(Multiple Locations, Long Island City, Queens)
Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

If you’re tired of being the only person who enjoys reading at bars, hop aboard the Q-Boro Lit Crawl with local writers and poets. Crawlers can choose from four different one-hour time blocks, all of which offer a selection of readings. Once all that pub crawling is done, there will will be an afterparty where you can mingle with your new favorite writers and lit-loving friends. Tickets start at $11.54.


This Week in Food: Metzgete, Best Baguette, and Military Food Talk

Metzgete, Trestle on Tenth, 242 Tenth Avenue, Monday through Saturday

If you’re craving pork, Trestle on Tenth is hosting its eighth annual Metzgete, which honors all parts of the pig. Chef Ralf Kuettel’s menu includes pork terrine, smoked pork belly, and a plate of homemade sausages among other Swiss dishes. The special menu is available for dinner service only.

Behind the Wine Tours and Tasting, Brooklyn Winery, 213 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.

Want to learn the ins and outs of an urban winery? Brooklyn Winery is offering a tour of its facility followed by a tasting of select Brooklyn Winery wines. Tickets are $25 after promotion; reserve them here.

Just Food’s Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Smackdown, The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Who needs TV cooking shows when you can go out and watch the real thing? Watch five local CSAs race against the clock to create epic veggie dishes from a mystery box, with prizes awarded to the most creative and tasty. Tickets ($27.24 for general admission) include one WhistlePig cocktail, one raffle ticket, and bites from Saxelby Cheesemongers, Fleishers Craft Butchery, and Four & Twenty Blackbirds, among others; reserve them here.

Best Baguette, Sofitel New York, 45 West 44th Street, Thursday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Need a carb kick? Twelve competitors will compete for the title of New York’s best baguette, with audience members following along as a jury of celebrity chefs and writers determine a winner. Guests will also be able to vote and choose their favorite, as well as talk to the bakers about their recipes. Tickets ($32.64 per person) include a tasting of cheese, charcuterie, and wine; reserve them here.

Combat Rations: Tasting and Talk, MOFAD, 62 Bayard Street, Brooklyn, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Did you know the military helped create the McRib? Author Anastacia Marx de Salcedo will lead a discussion on the military’s impact on the American diet throughout history. Guests will also be able to sample combat rations. Tickets are $15 for general admission; reserve them here.


This Week in Food: National Hot Toddy Day, Korean Chicken Pop-Up, and a King Cake Celebration

National Hot Toddy Day, Multiple Locations, Monday

Switch up your coffee or tea routine with a boozy hot toddy in celebration of National Hot Toddy Day. At Faro, guests can enjoy a version made with mulled pear wine and whiskey. Meanwhile at The Daily, guests receive their own mini-bottle of booze to add to a special cocktail during a hot toddy happy hour running this week, Monday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Enjoy a unique hot toddy at other places around the city, including Sid Gold’s Request Room, Tasca Chino, and Public.

National Cassoulet Week, Multiple Locations, Monday through Friday

Spend a week sampling hearty French stew during National Cassoulet Week. At Ai Fiori, guests can find cassoulet served with pork belly and octopus. Other local restaurants including Benoit, Blue Hill, and M. Well Steakhouse offering their own interpretation of the classic winter dish.

KimChick Pop Up, Grape and Grain, 620 East 6th Street, Tuesday, 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Fill up on hot Korean-style fried chicken, ssam, and other bites at this one night pop-up feast. Grape and Grain will also have select beer and wine specials ready to go for the event. Tickets start at $59.02 for two people; reserve them here.

Professional Bull Riders Anniversary Kickoff Party, American Whiskey, 247 W. 30th Street, Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Want to find out what life is like as a rodeo star? Bull riding stars Tyler Harr and Robson “Spiderman” Aragao will be signing autographs to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Professional Bull Riders association performing at Madison Square Garden. During the event, guests can enjoy drink specials on Jack Daniels cocktails and shots throughout the evening. The restaurant will also have a barbecue plate special which offers ribs, smoked brisket, potato salad, and barbecue beans for $24.

Galette des Rois celebration, Le Skyroom at FIAF, 22 East 60th Street, Thursday 6:30 p.m.

Start the new year off right by grabbing a glass of wine and a slice of “kings cake” from Maison Kayser. The puff pastry filled with almond cream has been a traditional way to celebrate the Epiphany in France since the Middle Ages.  Tickets are $30 for general admission and can be reserved here.


This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 5/4/2015

Need some spring in your step? Here are this week’s five best food and drink events.

Get Cultured! Yogurt Tasting & Book Signing, Greene Grape Annex, 753 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, Monday, 6 p.m.

Author Cheryl Sternman Rule and food journalist Melissa Clark are leading a conversation on why you should love probiotics, and in addition to learning more about the history behind this superfood, guests will receive samples from yogurt makers like The White Moustache. The event is free to attend; guests can also purchase a signed copy of Rule’s book to bring their newfound knowledge home.

The Village Voice‘s Fourth Annual Choice Streets Food Truck Event, Pier 86, 46th Street and West Side Highway, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Tired of having to track down your favorite food truck? Pick up a ticket for Choice Streets, which features more than twenty of the city’s most popular food trucks. Snack on Korean tacos from Korilla BBQ or cool down with classic sweets from the Vintage Ice Cream Guys. A full lineup of participating food trucks and ticket packages starting at $55 are available via the Choice Streets event website.

Chef Hung’s Pop Up Series: Travels of Marco Polo, Petaluma, 1356 First Avenue, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

Swimming pools aren’t the only place you’ll find traces of Marco Polo this spring. Top Chef winner Hung Huynh’s pop-up dinner this week focuses on ingredients inspired by the famed explorer’s journey from Italy to the Far East; the five-course menu includes black sea bass crudo and clay pot lamb pappardelle with Sichuan chili. Reservations are $65 per person and do not include drinks.

New Happy Hour, Talde, 369 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday, 5 p.m.

From 5 to 7 p.m., Talde guests can unwind with half-priced seasonal margaritas, glasses of rosé, and beer at all of Dale Talde’s restaurants: Thistle Hill Tavern, Pork Slope, Carrino Provisions, and TALDE Jersey City. The offer includes Carrino Provisions’ prosecco.

Madison Square Eats, Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street, Friday, 11 a.m.

Spend Friday lunch away from your desk by checking out this annual weeks-long pop-up market. New to this year’s lineup of nearly 30 food favorites are sushi hand rolls from Chris Jaeckle’s Uma Temakeria and Potpuri, which specializes in the Indian snack favorite chaat. Roberta’s and Momofuku Milk Bar are a couple of the returning favorites.


This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 3/16/2015

If you look close enough, you just might spot a few outdoor tables popping up around the city. Here are five food and drink events you may want to head out to.

Kitchen Notebook Dinner, Perilla, 9 Jones Street, Monday, 5:30 p.m.

Harold Dieterle is sharing recipes from his latest cookbook, Kitchen Notebook, by offering a $60 four-course tasting menu. Dishes include housemade ricotta, lamb cheek manicotti, and grilled big eye tuna, with s’mores for dessert. The chef will offer the tasting menu each Monday throughout March; reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant.

St. Patrick’s Day, Multiple Locations, Tuesday

Everyone’s a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, as bars and restaurants throughout the city will help paint the town green. For those seeking traditional fare, The Lion is offering a special holiday menu of corned beef and cabbage along with shepherd’s pie. To drink, The Dead Rabbit and Donovan’s Pub will be two of the many locations offering up a lively and thematically appropriate atmosphere.

Open House, Cherry Izakaya, 138 North 8th Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 6 p.m.

New chef John Keller is saying hello to the neighborhood with complimentary bites, and the bar here will offer sake, beer, and cocktails for a dollar until 11 p.m. A special menu will also be available for guests wishing for larger plates. The restaurant is offering a special promotion for Thursday, March 19, too: The first 25 reservations will receive a fully comped dinner (up to $75 in value per person), while the next 25 reservations will receive 50 percent off their bills. Reservations can be made from March 20 through April 3. Guests can RSVP for the open house by emailing; reservations must be made for Thursday by emailing

Game Night — Settlers of Catan!, Finback Brewery, 7801 77th Avenue, Queens, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Looking for a cheap date? How about fresh beer and teaming with a significant other? Head to this Settlers of Catan tournament for both. The Queens brewery will also dish out prizes and have other games on hand for those looking for something a little less intense.

Macaron Day, Multiple Locations, Friday

Celebrate this made-up food holiday with free macarons, as bakeries throughout the city will offer free samples all day long. Francois Payard, Macaron Parlour, and Epicerie Boulud will all be doling out treats; a full lineup of participating bakeries can be seen on the Macaron Day website.


This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 2/23/2015

This week, take a chance on something new. Here are five food and drink events that offer something worthwhile.

POPular Mondays with Chef Alonso Nuñez, Caracas Arepas Bar, 91 East 7th Street, Monday, 7 p.m.

Venezuelan cuisine is much more than just arepas, which is why chef Alonso Nuñez is inviting guests to learn more about his native country’s flavors through a series of Monday-night dinners. Green mango salad, plantains filled with fish stew, and mini tamales are a few courses people can experience as part of a $40 four-course dinner. Drinks are not included, but will be available for purchase; secure your seat in advance.

Chinese New Year with Kar Yee, Court Tree Collective, 371 Court Street, Brooklyn, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Party with a fellow herd of food enthusiasts as you celebrate the year of the sheep and Chinese New Year. Revelers who head out to Red Hook will enjoy a five-course meal with drinks included. Dishes include spring rolls, chicken with goji berry, and crispy pork. Buy your ticket in advance.

Eat Heartily with Chef Rocco Sacramone, Central Restaurant Lounge & Bar, 20-30 Steinway Street, Queens, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Rocco Sacramone of Trattoria L’Incontro is leading a cooking demonstration designed to get you thinking about heart health. The chef will prepare a variety of dishes while discussing the benefits and risks of select foods, and a complimentary tasting of each dish is included. Guests are required to complete their free registration in advance and can do so through the Mount Sinai website.

More Than Maize & Mole: Nahuatl Language Through Food, City Lore: The Gallery, 56 East 1st Street, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Food has the power to tell a story, and in some cases can serve as a gateway to an entire culture. Focusing on Nahuatl phrases from the Mexican state of Puebla, Irwin Sanchez leads a history lesson behind staples of Mexican cuisine, which also includes traditional preparation techniques and a tasting. Students will learn the proper pronunciation of Nahuatl words like “tomato” and “chocolate,” too. Reservations are $10.

Exposed, The Farm Soho, 447 Broadway, second floor, Friday, 6 p.m.

Geared toward those with an interest in nutrition and sustainability, this two-day conference includes local guest speakers such as a chef from Bagatelle and Jeffrey Zurovsky, co-CEO of Wichcraft. Guests can sample a variety of goodies geared toward a positive lifestyle and participate in workshops designed to get you thinking about the decisions you make on behalf of your body. Tickets to the first day of the conference are $35.


This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events in NYC – 2/17/2015

Breathe easy. The pressure of selecting the perfect restaurant at which to dine with a loved one — or just yourself — is now over. Here are five great ways to celebrate a stress-free week.

NYC Restaurant Week, Multiple Locations, Monday through March 6

New York City Restaurant Week kicks off Monday, with savvy diners scoring three-course lunches for $25 and $38 dinners — plus, the occasional brunch. A great time to explore restaurants you’ve been meaning to try out, this year’s selection of notable restaurants include Venetian pasta-centric All’onda and subterranean Japanese date spot Cherry. For the full list of participating restaurants and their offers, click through the NYC Restaurant Week website.

Carnaval, SushiSamba, 87 Seventh Avenue South, Tuesday, 8 p.m.

Dancers, samba music, and plenty of caipirinhas will help heat up the West Village on Tuesday in celebration of Carnival. In addition to traditional musical and dance performances, guests can also dine off a special menu, including bites like a ceviche platter and Brazilian chocolate brigadeiros. The restaurant will also offer its usual assortment of tropical sushi rolls, and a live feed of samba in Brazil will air onscreen.

DIY Homegrown: Fermentation — International Breads, The Horticultural Society of New York, 148 West 37th Street, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

Drinking alcohol isn’t the only way to enjoy fermentation, as this class led by the Horticultural Society of New York plans to teach eager-to-learn students. Covering the history and health of breads such as sourdough, injera, and idlis, students will sample each bread as well as take home a few recipes to create on their own. Reservations start at $15, for members; secure them here.

2nd Annual Black History Food Expo 2015, Whole Foods Market, 808 Columbus Avenue, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Guest speakers including food blogger Nicole Friday and Aaron Beener of Seasoned Vegan headline a panel discussion on following your food dreams. The event includes an African food tasting beginning at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to RSVP in advance here.

New York City Beer Week Opening Night, Multiple Locations, Friday, 7 p.m.

Beer enthusiasts looking to create their own craft crawl can take advantage of the 100 participating locations tapping kegs for NYC Beer Week. In Manhattan, Fools Gold and Cooper’s Craft Kitchen & Bar are among a few places that will offer special beers in celebration of the week-long event, while Dirck The Norseman will offer its very own cask ale. Guests can also participate in voting for The Ruppert’s Cup beginning Friday, a people’s choice award given to the craft brewery whose beer impresses the most; additional information on NYC Beer Week events, including a full lineup of participating breweries and bars, can viewed here.


This Weekend’s Five Best Food and Drink Events – 2/13/2015

For some, there will be meals inspired by love. For others, the fun reminder over drinks that single rhymes with mingle. And for everyone undecided, here are five food and drink events to guide your weekend decisions.

New Brunch, Galli, 98 Rivington Street, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.

The Lower East Side location of this Italian comfort food abode recently launched a new weekend brunch, with decadent dishes such as a breakfast bucatini and a hangover platter highlighted by rice balls and mozzarella chips. There’s also standard fare such as waffles and egg frittatas. Cocktails include a kale and vodka combination along with an arrabbiata sauce–flavored bloody mary.

One Night Stand, Birreria, 200 Fifth Avenue, Saturday, noon

Starting at noon, Eataly’s rooftop biergarten will offer free entrance along with $3 beer and food tickets for people who are purposely avoiding Cupid’s arrow. The offer will run until midnight and include brews from Birreria brewmaster Fred Avila, with eighteen different breweries represented. Food pairings — think sausage and more — are also available.

All-Star 2015 40 oz & Waffles #NYC Edition, 404, 404 Tenth Avenue, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Before sitting down to watch the NBA All-Star Game — which takes place in NYC this year — consider feasting on red velvet waffles topped with cognac syrup or alcohol-infused doughnuts. Activities outside of eating include an indoor hoops shooting contest, photo booths, and live music. Beer and specialty cocktails will also be on hand; reserve your ticket for $65.

Winter Hot Dog Championship, Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street, Sunday, 1 p.m.

Since the ballpark is closed, those needing a hot dog fix should head to the warm confines of Jimmy’s. For $20, guests can sample three gourmet hot dogs until 4 p.m. before declaring a winner. The fabulous franks come with toppings such as Sriracha ketchup and deviled egg cream. There will also be Danish-style dogs courtesy of Revolving Dansk, and drinks will be available to purchase. Purchase your ticket in advance.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball, The Lion, 62 West 9th Street, Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Even the Phantom of the Opera can’t resist a masquerade ball in preparation for Fat Tuesday. For $50, guests receive an assortment of hors d’oeuvres in addition to live entertainment; there’s also an open bar offer, which adds New Orleans–style cocktails and wine for $90. Black-tie attire is suggested and masks are mandatory. Secure your ticket.




This Week’s Five Best Food and Drink Events – 1/26/2015

As everyone hunkers down for the blizzard rapidly approaching New York City, we’re plotting our next meal. Here are five events worth braving the snow to attend.

Republic Day, Savoury, 489 Columbus Avenue, Monday, 5 p.m.

Start the week off by celebrating India’s Independence Day at Savoury, which is offering a special $50 three-course prix fixe dinner focusing on Anglo-Indian-inspired dishes. Starters include mulligatawny soup, aloo papri chaat, and onion fritters; there are six entrees to choose from, including chicken tikka masala and mutton curry. The dinner includes a complimentary glass of beer or wine as well as naan and traditional side dishes.

In the Kitchen at Grace’s Marketplace: Winter’s Bounty, Grace’s Marketplace, 1299 Second Avenue, Tuesday, 7 p.m.

This longtime Upper East Side Market, which recently moved in to a new space, is kicking off its new culinary classes by focusing on food that warms our body and soul. With a focus on traditional and modern Italian recipes, classes include a chef-guided tour of the market to talk ingredients, a front-row seat to a cooking demo led by chef Joe Trama, and a freshly prepared meal. Reservations are $55.

Romance and Revenge: Aphrodisiacs and Female Poisoners, Littlefield, 622 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, Wednesday, 8 p.m.

Not all food and drinks are created with the same intent. For this month’s installment of “Masters of Social Gastronomy,” Sarah Loman and Jonathan Soma take on the history of aphrodisiacs in food culture, exploring why chocolate and tiger privates can help set the mood better than a Barry White song. If this Valentine’s Day brings nothing but misery about the life you could have had with Mr. Not Really Right, on the other hand, take solace in the duo’s discussion of Victorian-age poison. The event is free to attend.

Chef Wylie Dufresne at the National Arts Club, National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South, Thursday, 8 p.m.

What’s Wylie been up to besides running Alder? Find out as the chef-scientist dives into molecular gastronomy, the state of modern American cuisine, and what he wants to tackle next. Although the event is free to attend, guests must RSVP in advance by contacting

Whiskey Writer Lew Bryson at Kings County Distillery, Kings County Distillery, 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, Friday, 6 p.m.

Instead of heading to happy hour to drink the same old cheap shot special, consider educating your palate by meeting up with whiskey writer Lew Bryson. The man has traveled the world in search of great whiskey, and he will talk about his experiences as well as answer any questions guests have. The free event includes a tasting led by Bryson as well as a book signing.


This Week’s Five Best Food Events – 1/19/2015

Enjoying a much-deserved day off? Need a distraction from the fact that a lot of other people have today off? Here’s a guide to five excellent food and drink events taking place this week.

Tiki Mondays: Winter Solstice Edition, Pouring Ribbons, Avenue B, Monday, 6 p.m.

ZZ Clam Bar’s Brian Miller brings the tiki torch to Avenue B this week for a winter rendition of his popular cocktail party. The master of the mai tai will have a selection of classic island delights for real-life Jack Sparrows, and guests are encouraged to break out their best island wear. Look for piña coladas, jungle birds, and of course the zombie, with Miller ready to delve into the history of any drink, if you’re interested in cocktail conversation.

One Night Dinner Series: Rolf and Daughters, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, 207 Second Avenue, Tuesday, 5:45 p.m./12:30 a.m.

One of Nashville’s most popular eateries is making a one-night appearance in the Big Apple. As part of the restaurant’s guest chef series, Rolf and Daughters will offer dinner by chef Philip Krajeck to give New Yorkers a taste of Southern food made with European technique. Beverage pairings are included in the cost of the dinner — $125, including tax and tip — and there are two separate seating times available to choose from.

Eighth Annual Metzgete, Trestle on Tenth, now until January 24, 5:30 p.m.

Partake in this special dinner any night until January 24. This festival celebrates one of Swiss chef/owner Ralf Kuettel’s childhood traditions: butchering a pig and then cooking its various parts into a number of dishes. The menu includes a mountain of house-made sausages, braised pork belly, sauerkraut, and additional Swiss delights. Guests can also opt for the more adventurous items, like head cheese and pork terrine, with Swiss wines and beer providing a traditional thematic pairing. The special feast is available for dinner only, and reservations can be made by contacting the restaurant.

Dan and Max’s Snacktacular! Fritzl’s Lunch Box, 173 Irving Avenue, Brooklyn, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

Max Sussman, most recently of The Cleveland, teams with Fritzl’s Dan Ross-Leutwyler for an evening of inventive snacks and beers. The event is an all-you-can-eat feast, with a focus on off-the-radar ciders and beers as recommended pairings. Tickets are $65, and the price includes tax and tip.

Learn How to Entertain in Style With Macy’s & Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Macy’s Downtown Brooklyn (Furniture Department), 422 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, Friday, 6 p.m.

Instead of hitting up happy hour immediately after work, consider attending this free event featuring Marcus Samuelsson of Red Rooster Harlem. The celebrity chef will demonstrate how to party in style, with tastings included. Attendees can also access a special Macy’s promotion and receive a signed copy of the chef’s book Marcus Off Duty. Seating is limited and is on a first-come, first-served basis.